Top Soaps for Dry Skin

Regardless of whether dry skin is due to environment, genetics, or a skin condition, choosing the right soap is important to avoid further irritation. But with so many soaps and cleansers on the market, which is right for your skin type?

We spoke with skin care experts to uncover what to look for and avoid when it comes to soaps for dry skin (and chose some top soaps to get you started).

Look for and avoid

If you have dry, sensitive skin, the wrong type of soap can do more harm than good.

Yes, it’ll cleanse your skin. But if the soap is too harsh, it can also rob your skin of natural moisture, causing further irritation.

Avoid sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS)

For example, some soaps contain the ingredient sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS). This is a surfactant — a compound in many cleansing detergents that degreases and washes dirt away.

This ingredient is also in certain body washes, shampoos, and facial cleansers.

It’s an effective cleanser, and some people can use it on their body and face with no adverse side effects. But since surfactants can have a drying effect on the skin, soaps containing SLS can cause further drying in people with already dry skin, explains Nikola Djordjevic, MD, a doctor and co-founder of

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